Re: Sue Blackmore lecture Wednesday 5.15pm London

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue 18 Feb 2003 - 04:03:10 GMT

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    At 08:34 PM 17/02/03 -0500, you wrote:
    >on 2/17/03 8:25 PM, at wrote:


    >But you memeticists don't talk about people as agents. You're always
    >talking about memes as agents. In memetics human minds/brains are just
    >passive respositories of meme-food.

    A meme *can't* be an agent in the terms used in Minsky's work. It is just information. Now that information can be used to program or set up an agent among a person's other mental modules. The agent can range from the highly useful to inducing complete destruction of the person and their genes alike. The agent created by the meme can even induce the person to go out and tell all their friends about the new meme and *then* turn out to be useful or dangerous.

    Keith Henson

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